EuroScience Open Forum

Join Elsevier at the 9th edition of ESOF. September 2-6, 2020 — Trieste (Italy) and virtual.

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The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.

Elsevier is a proud partner of ESOF for more than a decade, and supports ESOF's mission to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.


Agenda

We welcome you to the Elsevier-led panels at ESOF. Browse the sessions below, and explore the full program on the ESOF website.

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Sept 2, 2020
10:15-11:45 CET
What will the world of research look like in 10 years?
Eefke Smit, STM 
Adrian Mulligan, Elsevier
Jean-Claude Burgelman, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Ed Gerstner, Springer Nature
Lidia Borrell-Damian, Science Europe
Sept 3, 2020
12:00-13:30 CET
The quest for reliability in the face of an ‘infodemic’: handling scientific uncertainty in unfolding debates
Open access session.
Tracey Brown, Sense about Science
Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol
Imran Khan, Wellcome Trust
Federica Rosetta, Elsevier
Cissi Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet
Laura Smillie, European Commission
Sept 3, 2020
16:15-17:45 CET
European Young Researchers Award workshop: How to show the research community who you are Sofia Blazevic, University of Zagreb 
Rachel Brenneshotlz, Elsevier
Chris Tancock, Elsevier
Max Voegler, Elsevier
Lindsay Duncum, Elsevier
Sept 3, 2020
18:00-19:30 CET
I COMPUTE THEREFORE I AM… Ethical AI with and for the people
Open access session.
Federica Rosetta, Elsevier 
Raja Chatila, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics
Elisabeth Ling, Elsevier    
Bernd Stahl, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
Francesca Rossi, IBM Research
Rudy van Belkom, NL Study Center for Technology Trends
Emma Beauxis-Aussalet, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences 
Sweitze Roffel, Elsevier
Alberna Kyumdzhieva, European Commission
Sept 4, 2020
8:30-10:00 CET 
Inclusion and gender diversity in research environments: a little less conversation, a little more action please Karen Stroobants, Marie Curie Alumni Association,
Marta Agostinho, EU-LIFE
Pavel Ovseiko, University of Oxford
Mina Stareva, European Commission
Federica Rosetta, Elsevier
Maurice O'Brien, Cardiff University
Magdalini Theodoridou, University of Cyprus
Nadia Metoui, University of Amsterdam
Sept 5, 2020
16:15-17:45 CET
Data revolution: what should everyone be asking? Marie Boran, Irish Times
Tracey Brown, Sense about Science
Peter Gluckman, University of Auckland
Cosmina Dorobantu, The Alan Turing Institute
Michiel Kolman, Elsevier
Ilaina Khailurzhaman, Sense about Science

Elsevier sessions

What will the world of research look like in 10 years?

Imagine yourself 10 years from now. It’s 2029, and the world of research has changed – dramatically for some of you. But how? Where will your research funding come from? Will your collaborators be academics or colleagues at a tech company?

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Jean Claude Burgelman

Will you use artificial intelligence to determine your research hypothesis – and will journals use AI to decide whether to accept your paper? Will that “paper” even look like the manuscript you’re used to submitting? If you’re a professor, will your students come to the university or study from afar? These are just a few of the questions the new Research Futures scenario-planning study delves into. To forecast how research might be created and exchanged 10 years from now, investigators from Elsevier and Isos MORI examined the literature and market drivers, interviewed over 50 funders, futurists, publishers and technology experts and surveyed more than 2,000 researchers.

Read more about this session — What will the world of research look like in 10 years?

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The quest for reliability in the face of an ‘infodemic’: handling scientific uncertainty in unfolding debates

Stephan-Lewandowsky

Stephan Lewandowsky

Research and science communication have seldom been more in focus than at present. The Covid19 pandemic and the climate emergency have placed science and research at the centre of public debate and policy making. Many commentators have identified an "infodemic" overwhelming people with facts and claims, the nature of the crises we face and consequences. This session is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Elsevier and science engagement experts from various organizations: AESIS, ECSITE, EUSEA, JRC, NCCPE, Science Center Netzwerk, Sense About Science, Swedish Research Council, Vetenskap & Allmänhet , Wissenschaft im Dialog. The common desire to keep improving the public understanding of science and to support evidence based science engagement, has brought this group to informally meet and share best practices.

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European Young Researchers Award: How to show the research community who you are

Sofia-Blazevic

Sofia Blazevic

When potential supervisors, employers and collaborators ask you to sum up your research motivation and achievements in a few sentences, it can be tough to know what to say. In this interactive workshop, experts in communicating about research will explain ways to increase your visibility and promote your work — whether that means all your achievements or just a single poster, article or dataset. Topics will include how use and promote public profiles, social media presence and alt-metrics; where open science activities fit into the picture; and how showcasing yourself helps you make your pitch to potential supervisors, employers and collaborators.

Read more about this session — European Young Researchers Award: How to show the research community who you are


I COMPUTE THEREFORE I AM… Ethical AI with and for the people

Francesca-Rossi

Francesca Rossi

At this session, moderated by Sweitze Roffel, Senior Publisher for Elsevier’s Computer Science journals, and Elizabeth Ling, SVP Web Analytics, will discuss the implications of Artificial Intelligence in Ethics Research, and the needs and requirements desired to build people-centric AI systems. The surge of Artificial Intelligence in recent years have raised expectations about the transformational power of technologies to change the way we work and live. However, along with significant improvements brought by AI, concerns and fears have started to emerge.

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Inclusion and gender diversity in research environments: a little less conversation, a little more action please

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Mina Stareva

For a long time, the prevailing attitude towards gender diversity in research among researchers and policy makers was that good research is ‘neutral’. That is, it should not matter what the gender, gender identity or sexual orientation of the researcher is, and studies irrespectively are ‘neutral’. These beliefs have now been challenged by extensive scientific evidence, which shows that inclusion and gender diversity in research in reality are hindered by extensive hidden conscious and unconscious biases. The panel will discuss and take questions on existing drivers, progress that has been made and remaining barriers that need to be overcome to achieve inclusivity in research. At this session, Federica Rosetta, Director Global Strategic Relations, EU & Nordics, will be speaking on September 4, 2020 on gender in the global research landscape based on Elsevier’s latest report “The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens”. Outcomes of the discussion will be formulated as a set of recommendations for European policy makers, funders, and institutions.

Read more about this session — Inclusion and gender diversity in research environments: a little less conversation, a little more action please

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‘Data revolution’: what should everyone be asking?

At this session, Michiel Kolman, Senior VP of Information Industry Relations and Academic Ambassador, will be speaking on September 5, 2020 on the quality of data science derived evidence.

Peter-Gluckman

Peter Gluckman

This is a discussion about how citizens, politicians and journalists can press for quality and responsibility in data science derived evidence. This session will be an inversion – a panel-led interview with an audience of research and policy organisations about how best to pursue these questions and potential solutions."

Read more about the session - ‘Data revolution’: what should everyone be asking?

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Partner sessions

In addition to the sessions presented above, you can also find below the links to two open sessions organized by SCICOM.

  • Covid-19: Unveiling ground-breaking research on brain impacts & the search for novel, plant-based vaccines — September 3, 2020 from 12:00 – 13:30

As an ESOF exclusive, the results of two major research programmes looking at brain impacts of COVID-19 and plant-based vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease will be presented for the first time, followed by an interactive key influencer debate moderated by the Financial Times Science Editor. Read more about this session on the ESOF website.

  • If COVID-19 is the 9/11 moment for global public health, what needs to happen next? — September 4, 2020 from 08:30 – 10:00  

Join the Lancet Editor-in-Chief Richard Horton at this high-level panel discussion moderated by the Financial Times Science Editor. It brings together world leading authorities on public health practice, management and policy. They are charged with conceiving, developing, implementing and often running those invisible systems we take for granted in our everyday lives – now utterly re-written by COVID-19.


Resources

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Gender report 2020

Elsevier’s latest gender report, The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens, examines research participation, career progression and perceptions across the EU, and 15 countries in 26 subject areas. Our goal is to better understand the role gender plays in the global research enterprise and inspire evidence-based policy driven by powerful data.

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AI report

Millions of hours have been spent researching AI. But how do we manage the knowledge - and use it to exploit opportunity? The report Artificial Intelligence: How knowledge is created, transferred, and used is s a meticulously constructed and comprehensive guide to make the most of the fast growing bank of knowledge available today.

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Research futures report

3 plausible scenarios are envisioned by the latest Elsevier/Ipsos MORI study, which draws on published literature and the views of experts and researchers. Rather than focusing on which topics will be researched 10 years from now, we looked at how that research will be created and exchanged.

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Novel Coronavirus Information Center

The Novel Coronavirus Information Center provides expert, curated information for the research and health community. All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients.

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Trust in Research report

The Trust in Research study, conducted in collaboration with Sense about Science explores the impact of increased information volumes on workload and resultant coping mechanisms.

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Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy provides free access to countless e-learning resources designed to support researchers on every step of their research journey. Browse our extensive module catalogue to uncover a world of knowledge, and earn certificates and rewards as you progress.


Speakers bios

Albena Kuyumdzhieva

Albena Kuyumdzhieva

European Commission

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Raja Chatila

Raja Chatila

Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics ISIR, France

Raja Chatila, IEEE Fellow, is Professor of Robotics and Ethics at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) and of the Laboratory of Excellence “SMART” on human-machine interaction. His research covers several aspects in robot navigation, motion planning and control, cognitive and control architectures, human-robot interaction, and robot learning.

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Elisabeth Ling

Elisabeth Ling

Elsevier

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Bernd Stahl

Bernd Stahl

De Montfort University, UK

Bernd Carsten Stahl is Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His interests cover philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes the ethics of ICT and critical approaches to information systems.

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Francesca Rosssi

Francesca Rosssi

IBM Research, US

Francesca Rossi is an IBM fellow and the IBM AI Ethics Global Leader. She works at the T.J. Watson IBM Research Lab, New York. Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 200 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book and she has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, and a handbook.

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Rudy van Belkom

Rudy van Belkom

Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek, Netherlands

Rudy van Belkom is researching the future of artificial intelligence (AI) on behalf of STT  .  He looks at the impact of AI on decision-making in the future. His ambition is to work with a multidisciplinary group of experts on formulating the desired future of the Netherlands in relation to AI. To get here, he also elaborates on the possibilities of the technology in the future (partial publication 1) and the various scenarios that this will yield (partial publication 2). He also coordinates the activities of  Young STT.

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Emma Beauxis-Aussalet

Emma Beauxis-Aussalet

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

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Federica Rosetta

Federica Rosetta

Elsevier, Netherlands

As Director Global Strategic Networks at Elsevier, Federica Rosetta leads strategic initiatives and external collaborations with stakeholders in the academic community of Northern Europe and the EU. In this capacity, her primary focus is on all matters related to open science, research policy and innovation. Her experience in scholarly communications, earned in 14 years at Elsevier, spans marketing communications, publishing and business development.

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Tracey Brown

Tracey Brown

Sense about Science

Tracey Brown has been the director of Sense about Science since 2002. Under her leadership, the charity has turned the case for sound science and evidence into popular campaigns to urge scientific thinking among the public and the people who answer to them. It has launched important initiatives to expand and protect honest discussions of evidence, including AllTrials, a global campaign for the reporting of all clinical trial outcomes; and the Ask for Evidence campaign, which engages the public in requesting evidence for claims. It has challenged opinions and changed the behaviour of governments, media and corporations in the use of scientific evidence.

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Stephan Lewandowsky

Stephan Lewandowsky

University of Bristol

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol. He was an Australian Professorial Fellow from 2007 to 2012, and was awarded a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2011. He held a Revesz Visiting Professorship at the University of Amsterdam in 2012, and received a Wolfson Research Merit Fellowship from the Royal Society upon moving to the UK in 2013. He was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (UK) and a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science in 2017.

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Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Wellcome Trust

Imran Khan is head of public engagement for the Wellcome Trust, leading the health research foundation’s efforts in involving the public in its mission. Before joining Wellcome in 2016, he was chief executive of the British Science Association and director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, an advocacy group. Khan has worked as a science writer and a political researcher in the UK Parliament House of Commons.

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Cissi Askwall

Cissi Askwall

Vetenskap & Allmänhet

As Secretary General, Cissi Askwall leads the VA and is responsible for the organisation’s staff and finances. She also has a lot of contact with VA’s members and is often out of the office talking about our work at conferences and meetings. She has a background in journalism and communications and, enjoys writing and speaking about research communication and public engagement.

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Laura Smillie

Laura Smillie

European Commission

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Emma Frans

Emma Frans

Karolinska Institute

Emma Maria Frans (born 16 December 1981 in Uppsala, Sweden) is a postdoctoral researcher in medical epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and well-known science communicator in Sweden. She is also known for writing the column "Vetenskapskollen" ("Science Watch") in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, where she examines the correctness and scientific accuracy of sensational news and popular science articles.

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Paul Manners

Paul Manners

University of Bristol

Paul is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at UWE Bristol and founding director of the UK’s National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The NCCPE was established in 2008 to support universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work.  The NCCPE is widely recognised for its expertise in supporting organisational change, partnership working, impact assessment and innovation in engagement. Paul is responsible for the strategic direction of the centre.

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Eefke Smit

Eefke Smit

STM

Eefke Smit is the Director of Standards and Technology of the International Association of STM Publishers and coordinates the activities for STM members in the areas of technology developments and standards, such as the annual STM Tech Trends reports, initiatives on research data, text and data mining, access and authentication,and digital preservation. She coordinates the work of the STM Future Lab Group, and is the staff support for the Standards and Technology Executive Committee (STEC) as well as the STM RA21 Task Force. She organizes STM Innovations seminars in Europe and the US and series of webinars for STM members.

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Adrian Mulligan

Adrian Mulligan

Elsevier

Adrian Mulligan is Research Director for Customer Insights at Elsevier. He has more than 20 years' experience in STM publishing, much of that time spent in research. He oversees research programs used to drive action in the business and to help shape Elsevier strategy. The Customer Insights team works in partnership with external groups to deepen understanding of the scholarly landscape across the industry. He has presented on a range of research-related topics at various conferences, including STM, ESOF, AAP, SSP, APE and ALPSP.

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Jean-Claude Burgelman

Jean-Claude Burgelman

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jean-Claude Burgelman is responsible for open science and data policies of DG RTD, European Commission. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies - IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit in 2005. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) as adviser for innovation policy. Since 1-10-2008, he joined DG RTD, as advisor and then Head of Unit in charge of top level advisory boards like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities.

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Ed Gerstner

Ed Gerstner

Springer Nature

Ed Gerstner worked for more than 15 years as Editor in Nature Research, including stints at Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, and Nature Communications, currently. Ed Gerstner now leads editorial operations at Springer Nature in Greater China. In 2002, he helped found Nature's first mainland China office in Shanghai; since then, he has been travelling all over China learning everything about the great research that going on there, helping researchers to understand more about how to improve the impact of their research, and to get that research published in the world's best journals.

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Lidia Borrell-Damian

Lidia Borrell-Damian

Science Europe

Lidia Borrell-Damián is the newly appointed Secretary General of Science Europe, the association representing major public organisations that fund or perform excellent, ground-breaking research in Europe. In this new role she holds overall responsibility for the strategy and functioning of the organisation. Prior to this she worked for the European University Association (EUA) since 2006 and served as its Director for Research and Innovation (R&I) between January 2014 and mid-September 2019. As the Director for R&I, she was responsible for the overall strategy and activities of EUA in the area, supporting the work and enhancing the role of universities as major research and innovation organisations at the European level in coordination with EUA individual members and the National Rectors’ Conferences.

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